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2 California men likely considering criminal defense after arrest

It seems that the present time in this country is a time of turmoil. Even though some people live with fear and prejudice, the vast majority of Americans are accepting and willing to allow others to live their lives in their own way. When a crime is committed against a person who is a minority, it is easy for police to assume that the person was a victim of a hate crime. However, there must be evidence to prove such claims. Two men in California are likely considering their criminal defense after they were accused of a hate crime.

The incident that led to the men's arrest happened one night in December near a mosque. Reports indicate that worshippers had exited the mosque and were walking on a sidewalk nearby when they were allegedly confronted by two men. A fight reportedly ensued, and one person suffered stab wounds, but is expected to survive.

Police say that one man was arrested at the scene but another fled. They claim that their investigation into the incident led them to a 26-year-old man who was arrested after a search warrant was served at his house. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant, but it is unclear if anything discovered in the search supports claims that the man was involved in the incident. He faces multiple charges, including a civil rights and parole violation, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say that they believe that the victim was targeted because of his religious beliefs; however, it is unclear how this was determined. Conflict can occur for a variety of reasons. If the two men charged were involved as California officials claim, it is also possible that they may have felt they were being threatened. Many people in a similar situation choose to seek help from an experienced attorney who can prepare an appropriate criminal defense.

Source: abc7.com, "2ND SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SIMI VALLEY STABBING NEAR MOSQUE", Dec. 15, 2016

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